Boston at Toronto

W: M. Batista (1-0) L: M. Timlin (1-1)
HR: BOS - None   TOR - None

Blue Jays take first series from Red Sox since June 2003

CBS wire reports

TORONTO -- The Boston Red Sox can't wait for their home opener so they can get their World Series rings and put their slow start behind them.

"Oh man, it will be rocking," said Kevin Millar, whose team will raise the World Series banner at Fenway Park for the first time since 1918. "Hopefully, it will get us going."

Orlando Hudson doubled home the winning run in the ninth to lead the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Sunday, dropping Boston's record to 2-4.

The Red Sox went 2-2 under interim manager Brad Mills. Terry Francona was hospitalized Wednesday after experiencing chest pains, and is expected to return for Monday's home opener, when the Red Sox will receive their rings in front of the rival New York Yankees.

"We can't wait to get back home," Millar said.

Eric Hinske went 3-for-4 with two RBI for the Blue Jays, who took two of three from Boston -- their first series win against the Red Sox since sweeping them May 30-June 1, 2003.

Reed Johnson hit an infield single off Mike Timlin (1-1) that second baseman Mark Bellhorn bobbled before Hudson doubled off the wall in left.

"I feel bad," Timlin said. "I feel like I let everybody down."

Timlin said they're not playing as a team.

"It's better to have your bad times early," Timlin said. "We hit OK, we pitched OK, but not good enough to win games."

Miguel Batista (1-1) got the win despite blowing a save chance in the top of the ninth.

Boston's Edgar Renteria ended a 3-for-23 slump with a tying, two-run single off Batista. Renteria signed a four-year, $40 million deal in December.

"It was a big knock for us. He's a stud. He's going to be fine," Millar said.

Toronto starter Ted Lilly, who barely pitched in spring training because of shoulder tendinitis, was activated from the disabled list before the game and allowed just one run on six hits in five innings. He struck out six and walked one before leaving after 82 pitches.

"He was better than I expected him to be," Toronto manager John Gibbons said. "He was almost in midseason forum. It was a great outing."

New Boston starter Matt Clement allowed three runs on six hits and five walks in six innings. Clement, who signed with the Red Sox as a free agent in the offseason, also got a no decision in his first start against the Yankees.

"Things haven't matched up well yet," catcher Jason Varitek said. "We haven't pitched well, played good defense and hit well at the same time."

Jay Payton's sacrifice fly in the second gave Boston a 1-0 lead, but Greg Myers' run-scoring double play tied it in the fourth. Clement hit Shea Hillenbrand with a pitch, allowed a single to Hinske and a walk to Alex Rios before Myers' grounder.

Hudson and Vernon Wells hit consecutive singles off Clement in the fifth before Corey Koskie walked to load the bases. One batter later, Hinske hit a two-run single to right. Koskie was thrown out at the plate after Hinske was almost caught in a rundown between first and second.


  • Damon returned to the lineup after missing Saturday's game because of a cut on his left arm. He went 2-for-5.
  • The Blue Jays begin a nine-game road trip in Oakland on Monday night.
  • To make room for Lilly, the Blue Jays optioned outfielder Gabe Gross to Triple-A Syracuse. Gross went hitless in six at-bats, but hit .385 with eight home runs and 19 RBI in spring training.
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Reed Johnson gets props from Vernon Wells after scoring the game-winner in the ninth. (AP)
Reed Johnson gets props from Vernon Wells after scoring the game-winner in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game

O. Hudson
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0

E. Renteria
AB 5
R 0
H 1
HR 0

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Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon, CF5020010 .333
Edgar Renteria, SS5012011 .167
Manny Ramirez, LF5020013 .200
David Ortiz, DH4110003 .435
Kevin Millar, 1B4000012 .263
Jason Varitek, C4120020 .368
Jay Payton, RF2011000 .333
   a- Trot Nixon, PH-RF1000001 .188
Kevin Youkilis, 3B2010110 .500
   b- Bill Mueller, PH-3B1000001 .200
Mark Bellhorn, 2B3100124 .273
a-flied out for Payton in the 9th
b-flied out for Youkilis in the 9th
2B - Johnny Damon (1, Lilly), Manny Ramirez (1, Lilly), David Ortiz (4, Lilly)
SF - Jay Payton (1)
RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (4), Jay Payton (2)
2-OUT RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (4)
SB - Manny Ramirez (1, 3rd base off Lilly/Myers)
Team LOB - 9
Outfield Assists - Jay Payton 1
DP - Bellhorn-Renteria-Millar
Boston Red Sox
Matt Clement 6633560 4.35
Alan Embree 1000000 4.50
Mike Timlin (L,1-1) 1.1311000 2.25
HBP - Hillenbrand (by Matt Clement)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Clement 108-59, Alan Embree 6-5, Mike Timlin 24-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Clement 5-5, Alan Embree 1-2, Mike Timlin 2-2
Batters Faced - Matt Clement 28, Alan Embree 3, Mike Timlin 7
Toronto Blue Jays
Frank Catalanotto, LF3000102 .273
    Reed Johnson, LF1110000 .333
Orlando Hudson, 2B5131011 .259
Vernon Wells, CF4110023 .240
Corey Koskie, DH3000103 .190
Shea Hillenbrand, 3B3100013 .348
Eric Hinske, 1B4032000 .368
Alex Rios, RF3010100 .438
Greg Myers, C3000112 .000
Russ Adams, SS3000112 .273
2B - Orlando Hudson (1, Timlin), Alex Rios (2, Timlin)
RBI - Orlando Hudson (4), Eric Hinske 2 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Eric Hinske 2 (4)
Team LOB - 9
Toronto Blue Jays
Ted Lilly 5611160 1.80
Pete Walker (H,1) 2.1100030 0.00
Scott Schoeneweis (H,3) 0.1000000 15.43
Miguel Batista (BS,1; W,1-0) 1.1322100 4.91
Pitches-Strikes - Ted Lilly 82-53, Pete Walker 30-19, Scott Schoeneweis 1-1, Miguel Batista 29-18
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ted Lilly 3-6, Pete Walker 3-1, Scott Schoeneweis 1-0, Miguel Batista 1-3
Batters Faced - Ted Lilly 22, Pete Walker 8, Scott Schoeneweis 1, Miguel Batista 8
Game Information
Attendance - 22845
Game Time - 2:55
Temperature - 68
Umpires - Home - Chuck Meriwether, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Tim McClelland